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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organizations, business entities, or other institutions making films with the intent to educate. The AFA is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated to documenting the history of this imprtant film genre, now endangered by the movement by many media libraries to divest their film collections. The AFA also engages in special research projects, and documents and collects films that consist of rare or unusual material relating to social conventions and mores.

The AFA's holdings consist of approximately 6,000 16mm films. A recent audit indicated that approximately 12% of the AFA's collection consists of films that are no longer in distribution.

The objective of the Academic Film Archive as it relates to the Internet Archive is to provide public access to films that are no longer in distribution, thereby contributing significantly to the history of film, society, and education.

Please click www.afana.org for more information including biographies and filmographies of significant academic filmmakers.

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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson Davidson
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favorite 9
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A portrait of the Third Avenue Elevated Railway in New York City in 1955. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. The music is Haydn’s Concerto in D, played by harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. Davidson was a great fan of Landowska, and the rights to the music were held by HMV, who told the filmmaker that he could use the music, provided Landowska gave her approval. Through her secretary, Davidson discovered that Landowska distrusted filmmakers, had only seen one film in her life (which she...
Topics: New York City, Trains, Elevated Railway
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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In roughly 1950, Ray Garner filmed this silent footage home movie of wife Ginny and 5-year-old daughter Gay, probably taken in the Vulture Mountains Recreational Area near Hassayampa, Arizona. Gay and Ginny hang laundry, wash dishes, cook, and pitch tent. Ray pulls out one of Gay's upper teeth. The film shows the Garners' white Plymouth woodie wagon. A sign describes the "Hassayampa Legend," which suggests that women and girls who drink from the river will never tell the truth...
Topics: Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, Hassayampa, Arizona
Academic Film Archive of North America
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favorite 3
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Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing 'Turkey In The Straw' and 'Shine On Harvest Moon.'
Topics: Liberace, piano
Academic Film Archive of North America
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favorite 7
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Mona's Candle Light was discovered among reels of film that Geoff Alexander, of the Bay Area-based Academic Film Archive of North America, bought at a flea market in an unmarked box. There are no credits, so it is impossible to determine who shot it and for what purpose. The film is 1950s footage, probably amateur, of a well know lesbian club (which had opened in the 1930s), Mona's Candle Light, and it is an invaluable document of that underground scene. The film opens with a panning shot of...
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Topics: drag king, lesbian nightclub
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Film dramatizes one of the best-known incidents in English literature - the Christmas visit of Mr. Pickwick and his friends to Dingley Dell Farm. In the large parlor, everyone responds to the cordial atmosphere and joyous capers of Mr. Pickwick. From the Pickwick papers. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Dickens, Christmas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Stewart Nestor
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Johanna Alemann is believed to be the first woman filmmaker, operating as a sole proprietor, to run an academic film company in North America. Her focus was mainly on art. She made twenty films for her company, Alemann Films, and passed away on November 12, 2012 at the age of 89. This photo essay, made her friend Stewart Nestor, is a memorial to her. In 2013, it is anticipated that all of her films will be uploaded to the Academic Film Archive of North America collection at the Internet...
Topic: Johanna Alemann
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
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Reveals the many-sided heritage of American architecture. Explains that traditions in architecture were brought to the United States by people of many different nationalities, and that they were blended with historical styles reaching back in time to ancient Greece and Rome to produce a culture uniquely American. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topic: architecture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents aspects of day-to-day life in Venice, a city that is most renowed for its historic sites and large tourist trade. Tells a story about a boy who loses a prized model ship on the waterways of his city. For elementary grades. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Venice
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Eugene W. Castle
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Castle Films, whose series ‘The Adventure Parade’ resulted in a number of commercially exotic films on ethnic traditions and cultures, actually utilized authentic music in this film, instead of the boring orchestral scores that were more typical of the era. Although the continued use of the term "these little men", and the embarrassing attempt to comically portray an older member of the group as a cynic seems condescending to present-day sensibilities, the faithful recording of...
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Topics: pygmy, Africa, Werner Herzog
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by Johanna Alemann
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Describes man's lack of technical progress until the Industrial Revolution, when the discovery of steam as a source of power brought rapid advances. Depicts the nineteenth century and the vast changes in living conditions caused by the utilization of steam. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
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Topics: train, locomotive, railroad, railway
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by Johanna Alemann
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Shows the relationship of the elaborate and ornate art of the Rococo Period to social thinking of the time. Discusses transition from the Louis XIV baroque era to the Rococo. Interiors and exteriors of buildings (German and Austrian churches), furniture, porcelain, and painting (Watteau). Describes how the gaiety of the era would soon be eclipsed by the age of revolutions. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topics: art, painting, furniture, interior decorating
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Jon Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the agricultural Midwest of the United States.
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Topics: United States, geography
Academic Film Archive of North America
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This film discusses the pottery industry of Puebla, Mexico and describes the creation of Talavera tile. Here we see the entire process, beginning with digging mud and preparing clay. The film shows potters, painters, and firing in the kilns of the La Trinidad factory. Shows use of lead-based slip (not approved by OSHA) and perforated squares used to outline the designs in the tiles for the painters.   A beautiful and lost film detailing an important element in the culture of Puebla.
Topics: Mexico, pottery
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Thomas G. Smith
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This important film presents the American Indian speaking for himself ---discussing what he wants and how he feels. It features historically important Native Americans such as Chief Dan George and Lame Deer, and focuses on three American Indian tribes and how they are surviving. Reverend Cliff Hill describes how the Muskogee Creek are fighting to maintain their language, and the Ceremonial Stomp Dance is shown. Medicine Man Lame Deer (John Fire) addresses aspects of the Rosebud Sioux existence,...
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents geographic and cultural aspects of Italy with an account of one family living on a small farm, who, unlike many Italians seeking modernization, avoid mechanization in preference for a simple way of life. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Italy
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Egypt' (1951) 66m, dir. Ray Garner. This film taces the story of Egypt from the prehistoric period to the time of the Ptolemies, focusing on the Nile, temples, pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, Garner showcases a single shot of ruins as light and dark as clouds pass, a signature of his. The filmmaker waxes poetic in this statement: "For Egypt is a monument, not to the conqueror or statesman, but to the artist, the architect, the painter, the sculptor, whose works will...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Egypt' (1951) 66m, dir. Ray Garner. This film taces the story of Egypt from the prehistoric period to the time of the Ptolemies, focusing on the Nile, temples, pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, Garner showcases a single shot of ruins as light and dark as clouds pass, a signature of his. The filmmaker waxes poetic in this statement: "For Egypt is a monument, not to the conqueror or statesman, but to the artist, the architect, the painter, the sculptor, whose works will...
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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eye 3,969
favorite 8
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'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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favorite 5
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'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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by Bert Salzman
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eye 3,772
favorite 8
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For most of his life, Angel has been a migrant worker, helping his family as they move from place to place picking crops. When a phone won't work, Angel enlists "Big Joe's" aid to repair it and from then on a friendship develops. Joe and the boy team up to start a rose-growing business. A call from Angel's father comes, the family must leave. Angel can stay with Joe and the promise of a future, or he can go with his family and continue in the uncertain lifestyle of his parents....
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Topics: Bert Salzman, Academy Award
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by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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New York Times' art critic John Canady discusses various aspects of several major medieval cathedrals of France, including Conques, Autun, Chartres, Amiens, and Rheims. Explains the symbolism of the architectural and sculptural styles, and pointing out that the cathedral stands as a visable summary of the philosophical and intellectual world of the Middle Ages. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: art, cathedral
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Describes the historical transformation of medieval man to modern man. Points out that Gothic art expressed the community spirit of the Middle Ages. Contrasts Gothic to Renaissance art which reflects man's awakening interest in science, nature and himself. Discusses architecture, sculptures, stained glass windows, and painted altarpieces in the cathedrals, and describes the evolution of painting. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
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by Yvonne Anderson
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Artists of the Sun (2007) 15m. The Sun Gallery in Provincetown hosted new shows every Monday. This film shows some of the artists that were "regulars," filmed both at Sun as well as in New York. In the fall of 1958, Yvonne and Domenic started the Provincetown Film Study Group, using a Bolex 16mm camera to document their friends, gallery, and living environment. Artists portrayed in this film include Dominic Falcone, Red Grooms, Lester Johnson, Alex Katz, Tony Vevers, and Joan Wye. For...
Topics: art gallery, Provincetown
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Peter Erik and Mary Anna Winkler
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favorite 12
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Reveals the supermarket as a source for every imaginable box, carton and container. Explains that these same receptacles, once they find their way to the home, provide a group of children with material for construction of art objects, playthings, houses and tunnels. A clever, beautiful film, showing children building everything from trains to colored houses, under the direction of Ernest Ziegfield, Ed. D.
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by William F. Deneen
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In this film, Deneen starred his wife and three sons (all uncredited), after he'd arranged a trade with Italian Lines for free passage for his family in return for a film about the liner S.S. Leonardo Da Vinci. Deneen states that 90% of the shots were filmed on the Da Vinci, and another 10% were filmed aboard the S.S. Michelangelo on his return voyage. The film is a remarkable children's film as well as serving as an important document of one of the most advanced ocean liners of its day, now...
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Topics: academic film, bill deneen
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Silas Johnson
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Johnson is another "lost" filmmaker, who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
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Topics: Santa Tomas, Magdalena, Tortuga, Baja, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Documents a plan in which municipal agencies and citizen groups cooperated in a neighborhood renewal plan in Baltimore, Maryland,to raise housing standards. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: urban renewal
Academic Film Archive of North America
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This was a remarkable film made as part of one of the most inventive series of films made for young learners, the 20-part 'Inventive Child' series, distributed in North America by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. The film is an animated, non-narrated story about an extremely inventive boy, who develops a phonograph from materials found around the farm, beginning with a platter made from a pottery wheel. When his home phono is completed, the dog barks on the platter scare away a fox that has been...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Homer Groening
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eye 38,965
favorite 18
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Ever wonder how Matt Groening of 'The Simpsons' got his quirky sense of humor? Probably from his filmmaker dad, Homer Groening, who passed away in 1996. Although known for his documentaries, Homer Groening directed and narrated this film, ostensibly about color, but filled with an ongoing series of bikini-clad bathing beauties. The film is perhaps best viewed as a graphic artifact that will interest media historians seeking additional insight into the elements that influenced the cartoonist.
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by Ray Garner
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favorite 1
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'Be-ta-ta-kin (House Under the Rim)' (1955) 11m, dir. Ray Garner. This film depicts the early life of the Anasazi via a tour through the cliff dwellings of Betatakin, now part of the Navajo National Monument in northern Arizona. The film discusses elements of Anasazi daily life, their agriculture, and social and religious life. For more on Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
Topic: Anasazi
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
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eye 1,266
favorite 3
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A documentary which tells the story of divided Berlin where two ideologies clash together on one soil. Explains why and how the city was divided into separate zones; describes the rebuilding of Berlin. Contrasts East and West Berlin. Points out how the people of West Berlin manage to go about a normal routine of living. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
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Topics: East Berlin, West Berlin, East Germany, West Germany, Berlin wall
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favorite 6
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'Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future' (1960) 14m, director uncredited. In an interview with Woodrow Wyatt, Lord Russell envisions an organized and static world. He also points out man's capability, through education and self - knowledge, to abolish war, poverty and disease.
Topic: philosophy
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Gardner-Denver Company/Calvin Films
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This film shows the assembly on dry land of components that will make up Big Chief Drilling Company's Rig 34. After assembly, it's all tugged on two barges 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, where the oil drilling platform is completely assembled at sea.
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by Bernard Wilets
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An open-ended film designed to stimulate discussion about integration of a school system. Shows the cleavages that develop in a community over a school busing plan. Explains that these differences of opinion have to do with cost and the integrity of the neighborhood school as well as with integration. At the school board meeting two whites argue pro & con of busing, two blacks do the same. For more on director Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Topic: busing
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by Bernard Wilets
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An open-ended film in which lawyers present their arguments concerning the due process of law clause of the fifth amendment during a hearing to reinstate a student who has been summarily suspended after an act of violence at a campus demonstration. Explains that the due process of law is, by its very nature, time consuming, whereas the need to avoid violence and anarchy is often immediate. Questions if there are times when due process should give way to summary punishment in violation of the...
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by Bernard Wilets, BFA
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An open-end film to stimulate discussion of the equal rights issue. Uses an incident in which a black factory worker is promoted over a white employee with seniority as a basis for reviewing the constitutional issues involved in establishing policies of equal employment opportunities. Actors include Andrea Sheridan Ordin (elected President of Los Angeles Police Commission in 2012), and Phil Richards, a parking lot attendant who also appeared in Wilets' film on Machiavelli. This is a revision of...
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by Bernard Wilets
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Follows two brothers, ages fifteen and eighteen, after their arrest, pointing up differences between adult criminal procedures and juvenile law. Asks whether it would be better if juveniles were treated as adults, subject to criminal sanctions but granted constitutional rights. Raises questions about the paternalistic character of juvenile justice and the constitutional issues involved in reform of the juvenile justice system. Filmed with the Seal Beach, California PD. For more on director...
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Here, director Bernard Wilets crafts a legal argument set in a futuristic setting, in which a "Truth Machine" extracts past actions by reading minds. The film explains that the Fifth amendment protects the accused against coerced confessions, but questions what happens to this and other guarantees of the Constitution under the impact of advanced technologies. These are the questions argued by lawyers in this dramatic film with a purposely undecided ending. The prosecutor is played by...
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britanncia
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Features Marcel Marceau performing as Bip, whom he calls his 'silent alter ego.' Shows Bip stumble, fight for balance and joyously strive to become a great skater on illusionary ice. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: mime, Marcel Marceau
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by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Presents Marcel Marceau representing all soldiers in all wars as he performs as Bip. Reveals that playing soldier can be fun, but that war is tragic. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: mime, pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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One in a series of twelve films in which the great French mime Marcel Marceau performs some works from his repertoire. In his introduction he talks about the possibility of creating a variety of characters for a single sketch, almost establishing a little world of its own. Bip gets dressed for a society party, but has considerable trouble showing interest in the people he meets and becomes progressively more inebriated while exchanging meaningless pleasantries with his fellow guests. For more...
Topics: pantomime, mime
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of pantomime.
Topics: marcel marceau, pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Frank Paine
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favorite 15
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'Birch Canoe Builder' (1970) 20m, dir. Craig Hinde. Presents a study of the life of 80 year old Bill Hafeman, of Big Fork, MN, a woodsman and craftsman, who builds canoes from birch bark, cedar planks and spruce roots in the traditional Indian way, utilizing neither nails nor glue. Shows him constructing a canoe accompanied by his wife, Violet, as he describes his life in the forest environment and reflects on the importance of preserving ecological order.
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Topics: Native American craft, afana, canoe
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr.
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favorite 3
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'Birds of the Inland Waterways' (1946) 11m, dir. Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr. Presents various birds of inland waterways in their native habitat: the belted kingfisher in underground nests, glossy ibis, avocet, red-backed sandpiper, Canada goose and several members of the heron family. For more on Pettingill, visit http://www.afana.org/pettingill.htm
Topics: birds, academic film, afana
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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The third in a series of films that Kit Davidson made on railways (the others are 'Third Avenue El' and 'Railway with a heart of Gold'), this film is staged on the Mount Washington (NH) cog railway. Winner of the Silver Medal,Venice Intl Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. For more on the filmmaker, visit www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: Mt. Washington, cog railway, New Hampshire
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Clifford B. West
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Here, director Clifford B. West looks at the art of casting Renaissance bronzes as a historian, appreciator, critic, and craftsman. This film traces bronze from its discovery in Mesopotamia in the third millenium BCE to the 20th century. The film begins with historian Bruno Bearzi showing Donatello's modifications, and his 14 separate castings, on the colossal bronze of St. Louis of Toulouse at the Museo dell'Opera. Then, a visit to the Hades-like Fonderia Ferdinando Marinelli, where four...
Topics: Donatello, Museo Dell'Opera, Harry Bertoia
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by Internatonal Film Foundation
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This most interesting film describes a typical day of an upper-class teenage boy in Mexico City. We begin by joining a typical upper class Mexican family at breakfast. Soon, his friend picks him up in a new Opel coupe to go to the Escuela Moderna Americana prep school. There are no Mexican Indians in the film, with the possible exception of the family maid. The film essentially portrays elements in the family culture, education, and socialization of Mexico's future leaders.   Films such as...
Topics: Mexico City, teenager
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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Lesson 11 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Emilio en España' Spanish language instruction series of 1965. This film focuses on age-old farming practices in the Meseta Central, including mule and wooden plow. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Topics: Meseta Central, Spain, Spanish language instruction
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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This film was originally produced with a musical soundtrack, now lost. It features compelling shots of Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park. For more on Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
Topic: Grand Canyon
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by Milan Herzog
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Lesson 119 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. Here is outstanding cinematography of the ruined castle of Carcassonne and environs. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Topics: Carcassonne, French language instruction
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by Ernest Kleinberg Films
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Explains that La Cite de Carcassonne in Southern France is considered to be the finest existing example of a medieval fortress. Examines this ancient structure along with the traditions and problems of the surrounding community, as the town tries to take on the new world and still retain the old. Versions were made for both elementary and advanced students. An English version, Carcassonne: a French Fortress, was distributed in 1972.
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by Shanta Herzog, Eric Acevedo, Steve Ruiz, Milan Herzog
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Milan Herzog produced, both as a line producer as well as an executive producer, an estimated 400 titles, probably more academic films than anyone in history. Born in Vrbovec, Croatia, on August 23-24, 1908, Milan’s greatest influence in film was as Encyclopaedia Britannica Films’ Vice President of Production, where he influenced, supported, and befriended filmmakers such as Chuck Finance, Tom Smith, Bert Van Bork, and Larry Yust. Milan passed away on April 20, 2010. Milan had an...
Topics: afana, milan herzog, academic film
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Robert Amran
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eye 12,233
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The real star here is the late aerial photographer James Freeman, whose breathtaking helicopter shots of Mayan and Aztec ruins at sunrise and sunset won an Academy Award for this film in 1971. Although the English version was narrated by Orson Welles, the Spanish version, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, is in better keeping with the ethnic aspect of the film, and no knowledge of Spanish is needed to appreciate his dramatic impact. Don't be put off by the heroic musical score: this film is...
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Topics: Maya, Aztec, helicopter, Chichen Itza, Monte Alban, Tulum, Toltec, Uxmal, Palenque
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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An in-depth study of this famous cathedral. "What is the special character of Chartres Cathedral that we should call it the greatest of the medieval churches?" Narrated by New York Times art critic John Canaday, Chartres becomes a visible fusion of faith, engineering and architecture. The camera pictures the cathedral in its awesome entirety, with detailed closeups, and as an enduring triumph of man's skills. For more on Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: cathedral
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by Milan Herzog
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Lesson 67 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. Filmed at the famed chateau on the Loire, it begins with a home scene where the husband enjoys a cigarette. His wife is dressed in a magnificent high-fasion dress. The cinematography is stunning, and they arrive at the chateau in a Simca Aronde 1300 Deluxe coupe. We are attempting to determine the names of these actors. The blonde woman we believe is Annick Jorré Allières. If you know the...
Topics: Chaumont, chateau, Loire, Simca, French language instruction
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by Thomas G. Smith
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A personal experimental stop motion film made by educational filmmaker, Thomas G. Smith. About the film, Tom wrote the following in the third person: "Chess (1964) was an experimental, stop-motion film shot using a spring-wound, 16mm Bolex, while Smith was in the Air Force (1962/1965). He had just played in an armed forces chess tournament. Though good enough to advance to the finals, he was in over his head and soundly beaten by a Marine Colonel in the Armed Forces Worldwide Chess...
Topics: avant-garede jazz, free jazz
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by Philip & Gay Courter
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Features a family-operated cider mill that has prospered for 40 years, run by Ellis & Ethel Apgar, New Jersey hill country farmers who recall farm life in an older, friendlier time.
Topics: Lifestyles, American History
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by Willis Simms, Bailey Films
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Here, a cartoon circus is created by Willis Simm's animation class at Hughes Jr. High School, Woodland Hills, California, with a musical soundtrack performed by Hughes' music teacher Robert Clark. The film is reminiscent of Alexander Calder Performs his "Circus" (Whitney Museum, 1955). This film takes an approach similar to that of Calder, whimsical, poetic, fantastic, but created by his junior high students, rather than the artist himself. For more on Simms, visit...
Topic: animation
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by Lane Slate
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#7 in the "Circus" series. Studies the artistry of past and present trapeze artists through use of old and new film footage. Features Alfredo Cadona, Antoinette Concello, the flying Artones, the flying Alexanders and Adrian Catarzi. Spotlights the triple somersault, one of the most difficult circus skills. Directed by Mallory Slate, produced by Lane Slate, edited by David Hanser.
Topics: acrobats, trapeze
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by Willis Simms
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In this film, made by Willis Simms' animation class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, a bored boy in classroom fantasizes about wild animals. Animals sounds and the motor noise of the safari car are all provided by children's voices, which adds to the exceptional charm of this film. The adult appearing as the teacher is unidentified. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topic: student film
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by William Deneen
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A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is...
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Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
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by MPO Productions
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This outrageous parody of the prototype 'commercial' family was apparently made as an in-house joke by one of the largest producers of television commercials. Their clients would have never seen this gem, which parodies products as well as the people that buy them.
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Topics: parody, advertisement, asian
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by Charles L. Finance
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Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
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by Richard Balducci
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Along with Larry Yust's 'Lottery', 'Clown' was possibly one of the two best selling ed films ever made. On the surface, it's a cute kid & dog story. Underlying is a possible subtext that fascinates us every time we view the film, and makes for a satisfying, yet ultimately ambiguous ending. Gilou Pelletier is outstanding as the small boy, and the camera work by Guy Suzuki takes wonderful advantage of the terraces of Montmartre.
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Topics: Paris, Montmartre, Dog, blind
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by Willis Simms
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Willis Simms, best known for his student-made films, made this film himself. Animated by white paint on a series of black cards, Simms here describes the making of a coiled clay bowl. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
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by Johanna Alemann
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Discusses the color wheel as a guideline for color relationships, focusing on mixing colors, analogous and monochromatic hues, and color value and intensity.For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
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by Johanna Alemann
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Outstanding color cinematography by Guy Haselton shows nature in all seasons and in color patterns, textures, and designs of rare effectiveness. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
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by Charles L. Finance
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Combines beautiful animation sequences with live-action and documentary photography for a dramatic exploration of the role comets play in scientific research.
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by Richard O Moore; Irving Saraf; Morton Subotnick; KQED-TV ; National Educational Television and Radio Center.
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Series funded by a grant from IBM. Discusses the computer revolution and the relationship between man and machine. Explains how the computer can process millions of bits of data in seconds and can handle as many arithmetic figures in one minute as a man can handle in a lifetime." Artist of series was Wayne Ensrud; Music was by Morton Sobotnik. This film features Dr. Richard Wesley Hamming of Bell Labs and Prof. Ernest Nagel of Columbia U.
Topic: computer history
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by KQED, NET Film Service,
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Explains that the computer is a universal machine in that it is capable of doing whatever man is capable of instructing it to do. Shows how decisions from a computer depend on data and instructions put into it. Discusses the problem of a universal machine language." A.L. Samuel from IBM describes his checkers-playing computer program. UC's Ernest Koenigsberg of CEIR; Also with J. P. Eckert; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger; Thomas Barron, Shell Development Corp; Charles R. DeCarlo,...
Topic: computer history
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by KQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
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Discusses the history of computer development from the first mechanical calculator invented by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century to Babbage calculator, to Eniac, the first completely electronic calculator, built in the mid - 1940's. Discusses Von Neumann's binary system. Explains in lay terms how a computer solves a problem." Features J. Presper Eckert, co-inventor of ENIAC; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger of RAND Corp.
Topic: computer history
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by Richard O Moore; KQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
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Explains how the development of the computer has made possible the automatic control of routine tasks in government, industry and general business. Shows how computers are used by the Social Security Administration and by several industrial plants." Shows computer at Numerical Machining Co. in Cleveland; Standard Oil's El Segundo plant & IBM 836 (?); Richard Hamming; Jay Wright Forrester, M.I.T., George Dantzig, UC School of Engineering
Topic: computer history
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by National Educational Television Film Service.; KQED-TV
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Explores the design and simulation capacities of the digital computer. Shows how the computer is used in a chemical plant, a sugar refinery and a flight center where it plays an important role in the designing and testing of the booster stage of the Saturn rocket." Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL's Dr. Helmut Holzer; Thomas Barron, Shell Development; C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA with IBM 1401 computer and Richard Brooks, Coordinator of Operations & Research;...
Topic: computer history
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by J Presper Eckert; Ernest Nagel; Charles R DeCarlo; KQED-TV
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J P Eckert, co - inventor of Eniac, discusses the question 'WILL MACHINES EVER RUN MAN.' Dr Ernest Nagel of Columbia University and Dr De Carlo of IBM point out man's responsibility in using science and technology." Also A.L. Samuel, IBM; Richard Hamming; Larry Roberts, M.I.T. Speech Recognition program; Norbert Wiener, M.I.T. Emeritus
Topic: computer history